Monday, July 12th, 2010
Solo exhibition of life drawings, sketches and paintings
TAP GALLERY, 278 Palmer St, Darlinghurst

JOY has always been Adam Murphy’s stock-in-trade.

From the age of 15 to 32, the Sydney artist brought to life some of the world’s best-known characters – including the Lion King, Bambi and Lady and the Tramp - as an animator with Walt Disney Animation Australia.

When Disney closed its Australian arm in 2006, Murphy headed for the beach to relax – but he couldn’t put down his pencil, and found himself sketching anything that passed before his eye; sunbathers, swimmers, innocent passers-by.

Along the way, Murphy rediscovered the pure love of art that had inspired him as a boy.

On August 25, Murphy opens his first solo exhibition at the TAP Gallery in Darlinghurst, featuring life-drawings, sketches and landscapes.

“These works started when Disney closed and I found myself down the beach doing quick sketches of people passing by,” Murphy says.

“There was something really honest and clear in them. They helped me see the world around me and I could really feel the simple joy and energy I find in drawing - the same joy that kept me going at Disney for all those years,” he says.

“The life drawings and paintings in this show are directly linked to those first small sketches...the same energy that went into that pencil line has gone into these brush strokes. I feel like I'm sketching in paint, really - going with my gut.”

The years at Disney honed Murphy’s technique, but it wasn’t until he left the studio that he began to discover his own authentic style.

“For all those years I was surrounded by the best animators and artists in the country. It was a great place to learn,” Murphy says. “By the end, though, you find yourself trapped in a bit of a bubble and depending on that security.”

As well as working on his own projects, Adam has been busy working in film and television, making storyboards for animated programs and feature films.

Contact Profile

Adam Murphy

-36-year-old Sydney artist
-Born in the Blue Mountains, now living in Coogee.
-Left school at 15 to join Walt Disney Animation Australia, as the youngest animator ever employed by Disney, staying until the studio's closure in mid-2006.
-Now working in film
-Inspirations include the pencil works of Klimt, Schiele and Rodin.

Exhibition opens 6pm, August 25, TAP Gallery, 278 Palmer St, Darlinghurst.

Contact: [email protected] or 0419 286 859
Adam Murphy
P: 0419 286 859


ADAM MURPHY, Solo exhibition of life drawings, sketches and paintings, TAP Gallery Aug 25, 2010


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